Muslim Firsts 1.1: Contemporary Muslims in the US and the world who made or are making a difference
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Have you seen the top ten list of Firsts online or in books? If so there is an almost total absence of Muslims. Although through faith Muslims have many people in history to aspire to we also need ...

Have you seen the top ten list of Firsts online or in books? If so there is an almost total absence of Muslims. Although through faith Muslims have many people in history to aspire to we also need contemporary examples of success and role-models.
This presentation is a small effort to share some Muslim firsts in different fields in the US and the world.

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  • thanks a a lot i hope u can do more Muslim lists pls cos we all are impressed
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  • wow you did a great job keep it up and i was also going to comment that you missed yasser arafat but someone has already done that but wow great job
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  • Excellent work Javed. This is a must-see for all Muslim-Americans. Thank you for taking the time in pulling this together.
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  • Good collection ... you missed Yasser Arafat - first muslim ever to win the Nobel Peace prize.

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  • very nice you really took time and researched them gazak allah khair
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Muslim Firsts 1.1: Contemporary Muslims in the US and the world who made or are making a difference Muslim Firsts 1.1: Contemporary Muslims in the US and the world who made or are making a difference Presentation Transcript

  • Muslim Firsts Contemporary Muslims in the US and the world who made or are making a difference. Javed Mohammed Writer-Producer Writer- k2film@live.com Changing the world one story at a time Copyright 2009
  • Disclaimer All images are obtained from the public domain and are the copyrights of the respective holders. This document and all its other content and claims are copyright of Javed Mohammed Copyright 2009. Although every care has been taken to research and present accurate information, some Muslim firsts are not well documented and others maybe subjective. This presentation is not and cannot cover all accomplishments of Muslims in America or the world. It is a small effort to share and inspire. The writer/producer of this media content bears no responsibility to any claims made.
  • Why: Muslim Firsts? There is a lot of negativity around Muslims in America and the world. We all need heroes past and present What follows is a sample of Contemporary Muslims who have made headlines or a difference to the wider community. They made a difference and so can you. View slide
  • US Muslim Firsts Politics Science Business Community Sports Arts, Music, Literature View slide
  • First President to be elected with a Muslim name: 2009 Barack Hussein Obama Note: President Obama’s recognized faith is Christianity
  • First Muslim to give opening prayer in Congress: 1991 Imam Siraj Wahaj
  • First Muslim elected to US Congress: Keith Ellison, 2006 Took oath on Quran belonging to founding father, Thomas Jefferson
  • First Muslim woman & hijabi in President Obama’s administration: Dalia Mogahed, 2009 Dalia led the Gallup American Center for Muslim Studies
  • First Muslim Co-Founder, Largest American-Muslim Civil Rights Organization: Omar Ahmad CAIR: Council on American Islamic Relations
  • First Muslims to Co-Produce a PBS Nationally broadcast Program: Michael Wolfe & Alex Kronemer Michael Alex Wolfe Kronemer
  • First Afghan-American to write a Best-seller: Khaled Hosseini Over 10 Million copies of Kite Runner sold
  • First American-Muslim Producer & Director of Epic films: Moustapha Akkad Directed “The Message”, “The Lion of the Desert” and Halloween series
  • First Woman President of largest American-Islamic Organization ISNA: Dr. Ingrid Mattson
  • First Muslim-American woman in space: Anousheh Ansari
  • First Nobel Prize in Chemistry by an American-Muslim 1999: Ahmed H. Zewail “For his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopyquot;
  • First Muslim Civil Rights leader: Malcolm X
  • First Muslim structural engineer to build tallest US building: Sears Tower: Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan
  • First Muslim Woman to Become a Michigan State Representative: Rashida Talib
  • First Muslim chaplain at Marine Corps: Abuhena Saifulislam
  • First Muslim entrepreneur to go IPO: Safi Qureshey Co-founder and former CEO of AST Research (a top 10 major PC Computer manufacturer in 1990s) and a former member of President Clinton's Export Council.
  • First mainstream Muslim comedian: Dave Chappelle
  • First Person & Muslim to win the heavy weight boxing championship 3 times: Muhammad Ali Also the first person to have his title stripped away for Being a Conscientious Objector
  • First player and Muslim to win highest points total of any NBA player in league history (38,387) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar The first Muslim on an NBA team winning back-to-back NBA championships 6 MVPs, 6 NBA NBA championships and patented skyhook
  • Muslim Firsts from the rest of the World Politics Science Business Community Sports Arts, Music, Literature
  • First Muslim Peer in House of Lords, 1998 Lord Nazir Ahmed
  • Canada's First Muslim Woman MP, 2004: Yasmin Ratansi
  • First woman elected to lead a Muslim state, Prime Minister of Pakistan: Benazir Bhutto (1988-90; 1993–1996) Assassinated in 2007 on verge of 3rd election
  • First “Banker to the poor” & Inventor of Micro-loans: Muhammad Yunus Nobel Peace prize winner, 2006 with GRAMEEN BANK for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.
  • First Muslim astronaut in space, 1985: Prince Sultan bin Salman
  • First Muslim Doctor & Malaysian in space, 2007: Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (Prayed and kept Ramadan Fast in while in space)
  • First Muslim to win Nobel Peace Prize, in 2005 for his work on preventing nuclear proliferation Mohamed Elbaradei “With IAEA for efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and for safe nuclear energy use.”
  • First Muslim to win Nobel Peace Prize, for work on democracy and human rights in 2003: Shirin Ibadi “For her efforts on democracy and human rights”
  • First Muslim director nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: Majid Majidi
  • First Muslim to win Nobel prize for Literature in 1988: Naguib Mahfouz
  • First Muslim women to climb Mt. Everest: Farkhondeh Sadegh & Laleh Keshavarz
  • First elected Turkish-Muslim MP with hijab prevented from taking oath: Merve Kavakçı, 1999
  • First French Muslim to help France win 1998 FIFA World cup: Zinedine Zidane Helped France reach the 2006 World Cup Finals and recognized by Pele as one of the all-time greats in 2004
  • First African-Muslim Player to win back-to-back NBA Championships: Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon
  • First Muslim athlete to ever take part in an Olympics wearing a hijab: Ruqaya Al Ghasara Ruqaya was from Bahrain,… and she won
  • First Muslim cricket-player to hit the fastest one day international century (37 balls), in 1998 Shahid Afridi Also 2nd highest runs in an over: Sequence 6-6-6-6-2-1
  • First Muslim Squash player with longest winning streak: Jahangir Khan 6 World Opens, 10 British Opens and unbeaten from 1981- 1986, 555 consecutive matches
  • World Record for Mile: Hicham El Guerrouj: 3:43:13 July 7, 1999, Rome Hicham is from Morocco. Previous record held by Noureddin Morceli (Algeria)
  • First Muslim Bullfighter in Spain: Mehdi Savalli
  • Australia's first female Muslim lifeguard: Mecca Laalaa
  • First English-Muslim Pop-Singer: to hit multiple #1-hits. Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) As Cat Stevens, he has sold over 60 million albums around the world since the late 1960s
  • First Muslim to win 2 Oscars, 2009: Allah Rakha (A. R.) Rahman
  • First Miss Arab World Contest: 2007: Wafaa Yaakoub A beauty pagaent won by a hijabi
  • First Afghan to don most popular cover for National Geographic: Sharbat Gula
  • Conclusion: Muslim Firsts Although some of these people may be famous, rich, or had God-given gifts, each and everyone had to struggle to make their mark. What is your vision, who is your inspiration, what are you waiting for? Time is the greatest asset we have: Use it or lose it. Now go make a difference Javed Mohammed, Salam and Peace be with you.
  • References WikiPedia The Web The Muslim community in the US Reference Librarians in Milpitas and Sunnyvale, CA MyFavoriteReview.com SlideShare: Muslim Cinema From Hollywood to Bollywood Muslims and Media CultureWars.org.uk (search javed mohammed)